Constitution

At an Extraordinary General Meeting on 20 July 2016, Helsby Running Club adopted a new constitution. The text of the constitution is available below or as a PDF here. Minutes of the meeting are available here.

At the same time, the Club adopted Codes of Practice covering volunteering, London Marathon places and social media, which are available here.

CONSTITUTION OF HELSBY RUNNING CLUB

1) Name of Club

a) The Club shall be known as Helsby Running Club (“the Club”).

2) Purpose and Use of this Constitution

a) This Constitution is to set out the agreed rules between the members of the Club to allow the fair, efficient and effective running of the Club.

b) All members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with its content; and also the associated codes of conduct, policies and other documents.

c) The Club encourages all those who refer to this constitution to do so with an open and positive approach.

3) Objectives

a) The objectives of the Club shall be:

i) To encourage the practice, promotion, development and participation of amateur athletics and healthy recreation in Helsby, Cheshire and the wider community.

ii) To provide training and coaching for members.

iii) To organise open, club, and club handicap running races.

iv) To organise teams to represent the Club in championships and leagues and in such other competitions as the Committee shall decide.

v) The Club shall cater for the following athletics disciplines:

(a)          Road Running

(b)          Cross-Country Running

(c)           Fell Running, and

(d)          Trail Running.

vi) To support Helsby Community Sports Club (HCSC)’s management of their facilities in Helsby for the benefit of this Club, other sporting sections of HCSC and the wider community

vii) To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club.

viii) To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.

b) The Club shall seek to be affiliated to England Athletics, and other national or regional amateur athletic bodies as the Committee consider appropriate in order to carry out the objectives of the Club.

4) Club Colours

a) The Club colours shall be green with white piping (as registered with England Athletics)

b) The Management Committee will be responsible for the design of club kit

c) First claim members are required to wear these colours when competing for the Club, unless the rules of competition provide exemption.

d) Second claim members running in an open race, are required to run in the colours of their first claim club if the first claim club is registered in the discipline of that race (e.g. track & field, cross-country, road running, fell running, trail running, race walking).

e) The definition of first and second claim are those used by England Athletics.

5) Club Equity Statement

a) This Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

b) The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

c) The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

d) All Club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

e) The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to disciplinary procedures described in clause 14 of this constitution.

6) Membership

a) Membership of the Club shall be open to persons aged 16 years old and over who are amateurs as defined by England Athletics at that time, regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.

b) Children under the age of 16 attending training, races or any club activity must be accompanied by their parent or guardian who shall be entirely responsible for them.

c) For young people age 16 or 17, a parent or guardian is to be entirely responsible for their attendance at all club activities.

d) Each membership application must be made on the appropriate form. The appropriate subscription must accompany the application for membership.

e) Honorary life membership of the Club may be conferred upon any member by a majority vote of those present at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in recognition of someone who has performed an outstanding service, or who has made an outstanding contribution to the Club.

f) Any member wishing to resign from the Club must do so in writing or by email to the Secretary.

g) Resignation shall be considered by the Committee within one calendar month of receipt and will be held as effective from the date of tendering. Resignations will not be accepted if the member either owes money to the Club or holds Club property; in these cases, the resignation will not be accepted until the money has been paid or the property returned.

h) All members will be subject to this constitution and by joining the Club will be deemed to accept this constitution and associated policy and codes of practice that the Club has adopted.

7) Subscriptions

a) Annual subscriptions shall become due for payment on 1st May each year or at the AGM whichever is later, with the amounts being determined by the AGM.

b) The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.

c) Any member failing to make payment by 30th June shall cease to be entitled to the rights and privileges of membership on that date and may be expelled provided that notice has been sent at least twice to the member’s last known email address informing him/her of the proposed action.

8) Management

a) The club will be managed through the Management Committee consisting of the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Ladies’ Captain and Men’s Captain who shall be Officers of the Club together with a maximum of seven other members. All shall be elected at the AGM and remain in office until the conclusion of the AGM of the following year.

b) The Management Committee may as appropriate nominate the other committee members to undertake other roles such as Race Organisers, Vice-Captains, Welfare Officer, etc during their year of office. These roles are not specified to allow the Club and the Management Committee flexibility.

c) Five elected Management Committee members are required for a quorum for a Management Committee meeting to take place providing the Chairman or Secretary is also present.

d) The Management Committee meetings will be convened by the Secretary and held no less than four times per year.

e) The Management Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies if they arise and to co-opt members, but co-opted members shall not have a Committee vote.

f) Any elected member of the Management Committee who is absent from three successive meetings, illness exempted, may at the discretion of the Management Committee, be replaced for the remaining elected term of the Management Committee.

g) The Management Committee may appoint individuals to perform specific duties on behalf of the Management Committee, and to delegate to those individuals such duties as they consider appropriate.

h) The Management Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of practice and rules that affect the organisation of the Club.

i) The Management Committee will have powers to appoint subcommittees as necessary and appoint advisers to the Management Committee as necessary to fulfil its business

j) The Management Committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the club rules/regulations/constitution. The Management Committee will be responsible for taking any action of suspension or discipline following such hearings.

9) Annual General Meeting

a) The AGM shall be held in the month of May (or June) as dictated by the practical circumstances applicable at that time.

b) At the AGM the meeting will:

i) Approve the minutes of the previous year’s AGM.

ii) Receive reports from the Chairman, Secretary and other Management Committee members.

iii) Receive a report from the Treasurer and approve the Annual Accounts.

iv) Receive a report from those responsible for certifying the Club’s accounts.

v) Elect the Management Committee.

vi) Agree the membership fees for the following year.

vii) Consider any proposed changes to the Constitution.

viii) Deal with other relevant business.

c) At least 21 days’ notice shall be given to members of the date, venue and agenda items for the AGM by email or in writing.

d) All members of the Club at the meeting who are aged 18 years or more shall have one vote. In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman will have a second, casting, vote. Voting shall be by a show of hands except where the Chairman decides voting shall be by ballot.

e) The quorum will be the lower number of i) a quarter of the voting members or ii) 25 voting members.

10) Extra-Ordinary General Meeting

a) An EGM may be called by the Management Committee to discuss changes to the Constitution or any other Club business too urgent to wait for the AGM.

b) An EGM must be called if a tenth of voting members so petition the Secretary in writing.

c) 21 days’ notice of an EGM must be given to the all members by email or in writing together with the motion/s to be discussed. No other business shall be conducted.

d) Procedures for voting shall be as used for the AGM.

11)          Finance

a) The club treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the club.

b) The financial year of the club will run from 1st May and end on 30th April

c) All club monies will be banked in accounts held in the name of the club.

d) An audited statement of annual accounts will be presented by the treasurer at the Annual General Meeting.

e) Any cheques drawn against club funds should be signed by two of the following: the Secretary, Treasurer and Chair, or any other specifically nominated person.

f) All members of the Club shall be jointly and severally responsible for the financial liabilities of the Club.

g) Expenditure above agreed budget levels may only be authorised at a Management Committee meeting.

12)          Property and Funds

a) The property and funds of the Club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the rules and all surplus income or profits are reinvested in the Club.

b) The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, travel expenses and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.

c) The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:

i) Sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment.

ii) Employ members and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present.

iii) Pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting guests;

d) The Club may make donations to charities, CASCs or other not for profit organisations working for community benefit.

e) Indemnify the Management Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club (but only to the extent of its assets).

f) The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.

13)          Personal Data

a) The Club will only ask for and hold sufficient information to administer the Club and communicate with its members. This may include medical information for emergency purposes.

b) This data will only be used for the bona-fide club purposes, and only shared with other members of the club who need the information to carry out their agreed duties. It may also be shared with organisations to which the Club is affiliated to (such as England Athletics).

c) Individual members are responsible for informing the Club of any change of personal details such as address, telephone number, e-mail address and medical conditions.

14)          Discipline and Appeals

a) All concerns, allegations or reports of poor practice/abuse relating to the welfare of children and young people will be recorded and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with the club’s child protection policy and procedures. The club Welfare Officer is the lead contact for all members in the event of any child protection concerns.

b) All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be presented and submitted in writing to the Secretary.

c) The Management Committee will meet to hear complaints within 14 days of a complaint being lodged. The committee has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of membership.

d) The outcome of a disciplinary hearing should be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days of the hearing.

e) There will be the right of appeal to the Management Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The committee should consider the appeal within 7 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.

15) Dissolution or Merger

a) A resolution to dissolve or merge the Club can only be passed by two-thirds of those present and voting at an AGM or EGM. Notice of such a resolution must have been given in the notification of the AGM or EGM. The Management Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the Club’s affairs.

b) After settling all liabilities of the Club, the Management Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:

i) To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or

ii) To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or

iii) To England Athletics for use by them for related community sports.

16) Alterations to the Constitution

a) The Constitution may be altered but only by a resolution passed by two-thirds of those present and voting at an AGM or an EGM called for that purpose.

17) Priority

a) Interpretation of all the above rules must be consistent with the statutory requirements for CASCs (which means Community Amateur Sports Clubs as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002).

b) This constitution and rules remain subordinate to England Athletics’ Rules of Competition.

18) Revision History

a) This Constitution was formerly adopted at the EGM held on 20 July 2016 and replaces the club’s previous constitutions (last updated in 1999) used since its formation in 1982.

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